Big Band Compositions

Original Big Band Compositions

All of my original Big Band compositions are now for sale to play with your Big Band! These charts are all 100% original, and will add something a little bit different to your current repertoire.  Each chart is currently priced at £40.00, but I’m also open to offers if you wish to purchase more than one! Please email me at: nick.dewhurst@live.co.uk if you wish to find out more, or of course if you would like to purchase one!

  • Aeropuerto: I started writing this steady funky tune whilst in Birmingham Airport…hence the title! This tune is designed to be a feature for Trombone and Alto Sax, and it has a catchy main tune, plenty of space for solos, followed by a band soli. After the Sax solo, the tune then takes a darker sounding twist, and the chart finishes with a trade between the Trombone and Alto soloists! This sample is of the Walsall Jazz Orchestra playing it in July 2016.  Difficulty level: Intermediate.
  • Heatwave: This is a funky tune based around a melodic riff in E Minor – great for guitar solos! The main melody is catchy, and the arrangement is fairly simple, with the main emphasis being on improvised solos (a big funky jam session really!!). This sample is of the Lichfield Jazz Big Band playing it in December 2018.  Difficulty level: Intermediate.
  • Minor Roast Up: A tune inspired by some of the great jazz fusion writing from the Paris Jazz Big Band, this piece was my attempt at something along those lines! It starts with an aggressive and fierce riff, with a tune that takes inspiration from some of Woody Shaw’s approach to melody! The piece then features a trade between a trumpet and tenor soloist, before moving onto a tricky chromatic soli, and then on into a phrygian rock out at the end, ideal for a guitar soloist with a lot of distortion! This sample is of the Walsall Jazz Orchestra playing it in 2015.  Difficulty level: Advanced.
  • Monk Funk: Originally I tune to play with my first small jazz group, this piece, as the name suggests, took influence from Some Skunk Funk! Whilst in fact it’s not a very similar piece to that, it is still a fun jazz rock/fusion piece! It features a fast melody, and a funky bridge section, followed by a tenor solo, and a trumpet solo.  This sample is of the Walsall Jazz Orchestra playing it in 2015.  Difficulty level: Advanced.
  • One For Dennis: This is a tune I originally wrote for a joint concert with my band and Trombonist Dennis Rollins.  To suit Dennis’ style of playing, the tune is a steady funk/hip-hop groove, and features scoops in the melody, which sound great on the Trombone.  There is an open solo section in the middle with plenty of ensemble writing to keep the band busy!  This is a catchy tune, and seems to be a favourite with bands and audiences alike!  This sample is of the Lichfield Jazz Big Band playing it in December 2018.  Difficulty level: Intermediate.
  • Satchurated: This tune was originally inspired by Joe Satriani – a big influence on my earlier compositions (more his tunes than the amazingly fast guitar playing!).  As a result there is an underlying quick rock groove, but with lots of jazz influence too in the melody and harmony.  The melody starts in a major key but then develops to a minor variation, and the tune then takes more of a Latin twist.  After an extended solo section, there’s a drum solo, followed by a big ending reprising the earlier major section of melody.  This sample is of the Birmingham Conservatoire playing it in 2011.  Difficulty level: Advanced.
  • Skyrocket: Featuring a New Orleansy groove, this tune features a funky melody, followed by a large modal solo section with a swing feel, and also a fun soli section to split up the soloists. I’m afraid I don’t have a live recording of this Big Band chart yet, but to get a flavour though, here is a sample of my small band playing it! Difficulty level: Intermediate.
  • Summer’s Gone Away: This chart originally started off life as a tune in 5/4 for beginner students!! However, I enjoyed it so much I decided to develop it into a piece for Big Band, and rather more experienced players!!! It’s a reflective sounding piece with a melody and harmony that are inspired by some of Pat Metheny’s music.  After the initial melody, there is an ensemble passage, followed by a trumpet solo.  Towards the end of the chart the trumpet then trades solos with an Alto soloist too. This sample is of the Walsall Jazz Orchestra playing (sight-reading!!) it in 2018.  Difficulty level: Intermediate.

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